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Pharmaceutical Sciences student awarded for research in nanotechnology to treat stroke and brain tumors

Xinyue (Sheena) Dong has spent the last four years as a pharmaceutical sciences graduate student researching how nanoparticle-based systems could be used to deliver treatments and treat brain disease. Recently, she was recognized for her hard work with the annual Harriett B. Rigas Outstanding Woman in Doctoral Studies Award presented by the Association for Faculty Women. » More ...

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrates graduates’ success

On Thursday, May 2, the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) celebrated the accomplishments of five Ph.D. of pharmaceutical sciences, one master of pharmaceutical sciences and 146 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates at its 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Family, faculty and friends gathered at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane to honor the new alumni of the college. Among those new alumni are the inaugural Yakima class.

WSU and the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) joined forces to offer the WSU Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in Yakima beginning in August 2015. This collaboration has allowed WSU student pharmacists and … » More …

Graduate Student recognized as WSU Woman of Distinction

SPOKANE, Wash. — Yadira Xitlalli Pérez-Páramo, a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, was selected for the 2019 Graduate Student Woman of Distinction award. She received the award at a ceremony in Pullman on March 4, 2019, along with five other women recognized by the university.

The WSU Women of Distinction and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually during National Women’s History Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of women to the academic and local community, and to our society.

Pérez-Páramo is a Fulbright Scholar who came to WSU from the Universidad Autonóma … » More …

Making radiation therapy less toxic to the heart is focus of this graduate fellowship award

SPOKANE, Wash.—Panshak Dakup, a graduate student at Washington State University in Spokane, received a Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA). The fellowship comes with $53,688 over two years to support his research, which he is conducting in the laboratory of Shobhan Gaddameedhi at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS).

“We are interested in pursuing this study because heart failure is a major concern with radiation treatment that target the chest region in breast cancer patients.” Dakup said. “Fortunately, we discovered that the AHA has a way to fund graduate students … » More …

WSU graduate student elected to national STEM board

Spokane-based graduate student Ana Vergara has been elected to the national board of directors for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Her term begins in January 2019.

“We are excited to welcome on the new board members.  They bring a wealth of experience from their professional backgrounds and from their involvement with SACNAS over the years,” said Lino Gonzalez, president of Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Vergara is a Ph.D. student at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She works … » More …

Better treatments for RA the focus of this graduate fellowship award

Ruby Siegel is searching for a better way to treat rheumatoid arthritis.Ruby Seigal

According to Siegel, this painful auto-immune disease affects one percent of the population worldwide and currently there is no cure. Siegel recently received a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF). The fellowship includes $1,000 to Washington State University and $3,000 directly to Siegel to fund her research.

Siegel is a Ph.D. student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS). She works in the research lab of Associate Professor Salah-uddin Ahmed on … » More …

Graduate student recognized for excellence in scholarship

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) has a reputation for developing outstanding scientists and leaders in research. The college continually strives to provide opportunities for students to engage with preeminent faculty and globally-recognized researchers, and gain national recognition in the process.

Yadira Xitlalli Pérez-Páramo is a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at WSU in Spokane. She recently received recognition from several international research organizations for excellence in collaborative research and scholarship.

Pérez-Páramo is from Morelia, Michocán, Mexico. She studied chemistry at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in her hometown, and completed her master’s … » More …

Advocating for student support, increased access in higher ed

Coug Day at the CapitolShannon Kozlovich, a graduate student in pharmaceutical sciences, in her role as director of legislative affairs for the Associated Students of Washington State University Spokane led a team of five students to represent the WSU Health Sciences campus at the Coug Day at the Capitol event in Olympia, Washington, on January 22, 2018.

The event connected students with 103 legislators from around the state to discuss student-related issues and lobby for bills that seek to make college more affordable and accessible for students all over our state. The Spokane team joined 90 … » More …

Pharmacy alum, entrepreneur shares insights on success with students in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash.-Author and business woman Rhonda Rhyne participated in a special conversation on leadership with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) at the Washington State University Health Sciences campus in Spokane on October 20.

Rhyne has more than 25 years of executive medical technology experience. She currently serves as the CEO for Prevencio Inc., a Seattle-based company developing multi-protein blood tests for heart issues that include obstructive heart disease, stroke and obstructive peripheral artery disease. She also serves as Board Director for Aminex Therapeutics and OtoNexus Medical Technologies, both Seattle-area companies.

Rhyne authored the women’s leadership book, Keys to the Corner Office: Success Strategies … » More …

WSU Graduate Student Showcases Rheumatoid Arthritis Research

The chronic inflammatory disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is debilitating.

“RA patients experience pain that can make daily tasks difficult, and almost all RA patients find it difficult to even discuss pain because they feel disconnected from people without the disease,”

says Sabrina Fechtner.

“I chose this research topic because my findings may improve the daily lives of numerous RA patients.”

Sabrina Fechtner is a graduate student in the pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. program at Washington State University in Spokane. Under the mentorship of Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor Salah-Uddin Ahmed, Fechtner is looking to understand how protein-induced … » More …